What Future for Cameroon?
Cameroon is experiencing a dramatic decline in democratic freedoms and individual liberties amid an escalating internal conflict. Since 2016, protests over the imposition of the French language in the minority anglophone regions of the country have been strongly suppressed by the largely francophone government. The government’s shutdown of the internet in response to the protests in the anglophone regions last year and security challenges have stifled economic activity and the freedom of expression. Meanwhile, growing tensions between military forces and separatists threaten state and regional stability. Cameroonians are scheduled to go to the polls in October 2018 to vote in presidential, parliamentary, and local elections. However, there is a growing concern about the legitimacy of the elections if voters from the anglophone regions do not participate.
Please join CIPE for a roundtable discussion on the current political impasse in Cameroon, with a special presentation from Kathleen Ndongmo on promoting and defending digital rights. Following Ms. Ndongmo’s presentation, Denis Foretia of the Nkafu Policy Institute and Pierre Tantchou of the Albright Stonebridge Group will share their thoughts on the way forward for democracy and a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Cameroon.